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Water is not a commodity to be pumped to depletion

San Antonio Express News, March 27, 2017

A recent commentary in the Express-News by Simon Sequeira, the CEO of Quadvest Water & Sewer Utility in Magnolia, attempts to blame all of the state’s water issues on groundwater conservation districts, or GCDs.

The commentary (“The next generation of water wars; Governmental greed siphoning dollars, future from Texans,” March 5) states, “Many of these districts were created to prevent the big cities like Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio from coming into their county and taking their water.”

I can agree that many GCDs were created in response to movement of water from rural to urban counties; however, the motives were to prevent the unfettered pillaging of water without any regulatory constraints or concerns about the impact on local landowners and natural resources. In other words, GCDs were created to protect private property rights of every landowner, not just those who want to pump the aquifer to extinction and sell that water for a profit.

 

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Texas Water Conservation Scorecard is named 2017 Blue Legacy Awards winner

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March 21, 2017

We are excited to announce the Texas Living Waters Project’s Water Conservation Scorecard has been recognized as a 2017 Blue Legacy Awards winner in the Innovative Projects category. The Water Conservation Scorecard, released May 2016, is the result of a statewide analysis of more than 300 public water utilities to find whether Texas’ water suppliers […]

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Texas Water Conservation Scorecard is nationally recognized for its “broader implications for water utility professionals outside [Texas]”

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March 09, 2017

The Texas Water Conservation Scorecard has been featured as the March 2017 cover story in the Journal of the American Water Works Association, a nationally-renowned publication that features thought leadership from water industry professionals. This feature elevates Texas water utilities and the public scorings of their water conservation efforts to national attention within the water […]

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Texas Water Conservation Scorecard featured in Journal of the American Water Works Association

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March 02, 2017

We are excited to announce that our Texas Water Conservation Scorecard project has been featured as the cover story in the Journal of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The Journal – AWWA, published since 1914, “serves as a forum for thought leaders in the water and wastewater industry.” To read the abstract and download (free for […]

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Conference Materials: 2017 Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium

Feb. 22, 2017

The annual Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium provides water utilities with the information they need to implement successful water conservation programs. Topics covered include: Communicating about conservation in order to turn your customers into water savers and water utility advocates. Examining water conservation benefits and pitfalls from the water utility perspective Tools to reduce outdoor water use […]

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